You know, it's so strange to me that I cannot hear what everyone else does. Lighthouse of Mine seems quite ordinary to me, but it's many people's favourite!
What is it about the song that moves you all?
This is an intriguing question which could be expanded to more general terms such as "why do our musical tastes differ?" Even those of us who favour the same kind of music and even the same singer still choose different songs. There will probably never be a definitive answer as to why; we just have to accept that they do. An individual's musical taste may have been subconsciously influenced by our parents' tastes during our formative years. Or it may be circumstantial: I was saddened to read John's news but it is an example of how he can relate to these particular lyrics - and so can I. So, as our influences and circumstances differ, so our musical tastes reflect that. Maybe!
I particularly like the words of the chorus:
Like an angel strong and bright you stand On the hills above my broken land Though there's shadows all around me I know you've already found me Can't count the many ways you shine Lighthouse of mine
That, for me, is a song of hope and encouragement. Whether you interpret the "lighthouse of mine" as a guardian angel or merely as a trusted friend, it is something we all need sooner or later.
But it isn't all about the lyrics. For me, Lighthouse has a truly gorgeous melody; simple yet utterly lovely. And the arrangement is fantastic and so dramatic immediately following the key change. The highest note that follows it is on the word "strong". "Like and angel STRONG and bright you stand..." Hear how that word really rings out. I find the combination of the key change, that high note and that word incredibly powerful and uplifting.
For all these reasons and more, 'Lighthouse' is now among my top ten songs of all time. It is further enhanced by the fact that the singer has such a lovely voice. Nicola has expressed her surprise that it is so popular. I am expressing my surprise that it is not more so. Of the eleven voters so far, it seems that four have not voted for it. But that is simply because tastes differ. And that is surely why the poll was set in the first place.
What really surprises me, not in a positive way, is this. Our of 31 members, only eleven have voted at all.
Well, I'm still trying to get my friend to join the forum (she's not online much). She did tell me that two of her favorite songs on Shine were "Are You The Way Home" and "Everything Can Wait". I'll try to get here on here to make an official post...
Thanks for sharing your experience John, I knew how much music has helped you over the past few years but I didn't realise how much Lighthouse of Mine in particular really meant to you. I hope that music keeps guiding you for many years to come and I can only reiterate what Bob said, you will always have friends here on the forum.
Excellent post Ken, I really enjoyed reading it. I wish more would vote, but I am guessing some people just can't make their mind up - even with four votes, I really had to think about my answer and even now I am not sure, if I was to answer the poll again now I would probably include 'Stand As One' which I didn't originally, in place of what I don't know, but I find it so uplifting and inspiring and I have been playing it a lot recently, in particular the live version. Another of my favourite albums, Into Paradise by All Angels I could tell you straight away what my favourite song is, and it has been the same for years. I really had to think about Shine though which for me shows what a really great album it is.
I hope that your friend joins us here Jenny, it is always great to welcome new members to the forum.
Picking four favourites from this album is extremely difficult as I enjoy every single track. The ones that stand out for me have as much to do with the arrangements as anything else. The Asian feel to Are You The Way Home? and the chord progressions in Stand As One always catch my ear. Glorious is deservedly her "anthem" and the techno-beat of Heaven is Empty reminds me somewhat of Sarah Brightman's Symphony album because of her interpretation of some of the more pop numbers. Shine is my number one album of 2011.